You Can Be a Photographer Too!

Well, I guess this is a step in the wrong direction…The Olympics are coming up and check out the images that are being released:

Where’s the editing? Sure the photographer probably got 5 minutes with each athlete, I’ve had my share of 5 minute shoots, but at least do some photo editing afterwards. I’m shocked GettyImages!

Apple Gets Sued $25k for Failed Time Machine

Don’t we just hate it when things don’t work the way they’re supposed to? I’m sure everyone of us photographers have lost images due to a failed hard drive, whether it’s the internal hard drive, external, and now a Time Machine Capsule. A Canadian lawyer wants $25,000 from Apple after losing precious photographs of the birth of his first child, when his Time Capsule died. Do you think Apple should pay?

We’re constantly reminded to backup our digital files in case of the worst happening — but what if something happens to the backup? Who do we blame then? CBC News is reporting that Perminder Tung, a British Columbian lawyer, has taken Apple to small claims court, demanding $25,000 for a dead Time Capsule which took his photos with it.

According to the report, Tung purchased the Time Capsule in 2009, and last month it totally failed, taking with it much of his personal — notably photographs including the birth of his first child. Apparently he took the device in to the Apple Store, where he was told the data was unrecoverable, that the product had numerous power supply issues, and that some had been recalled — although his was outside the bounds of that recall.

In the claim, Tung says, “the defect with the Time Capsules, which invariably destroyed the stored data, amounts to a fundamental and total breach of contract. The alleged ‘Time Capsule’ did not encapsulate and protect the information it was intended to secure. The breach destroyed the workable character of the thing sold.”

Tung is correct that there was a product recall of the Time Capsule, but that was only for the first generation of the device, sold between February and June 2008. Seeing as he purchased his in 2009, he probably picked up a newer one without the design flaw — just one that died after years of heavy use.

It’s also evident that Tung was using this device as external storage, not as a backup. It only counts as a backup if you have it stored in more than one place. If the failure of the Time Capsule meant he lost the files, that must mean Tung only stored them there — which defeats the purpose of backing up.

Is this Tung’s fault for not backing up in more places? Or Apple’s for creating a drive that failed? Or is 3 years within the natural lifespan of a hard drive anyway?”

via PopPhoto, Gigaom

Finding Portland

Portland has been a wonderful city to me and a place that I’ve enjoyed calling my home. The winters drives me crazy, but the summers and falls makes it almost worth while. My intention is to move to LA in January of 2013 and this video produced by Uncage the Soul Productions, Ben Canales, John Waller, Steve Engman, and Blake Johnson makes it a little bit harder to leave Portland.

Finding Portland was produced, shot, and edited in 51 days during March and April. Comprised of 308, 829 photographs taken from over 50 unique locations, it took an average of 3.8 hours to make each second of this film. If you’re not familiar with Portland, seeing this video might persuade you to move here or at least come visit.

Here’s some of the behind the scenes:

Black and whites of London in the 1870’s

Every once in a while I come across an article that really stops me in my tracks. This was definitely one of those times as I’m sure it had the same effect on most of you. A lot of us live a very fast paced and privileged life that comes with its fair share of ups and downs but it’s nothing like what these depict. It still amazes me that it’s only been 140 years since life looked like the shots before you considering the previous 2000+ years were also primitive. I can’t wait to see what the future holds but even I’ll admit that a reminder like this is still necessary to see where we came from.

William Hampton of the London Nomads, a group of travelers who were staying on vacant land in Battersea: ‘Why what do I want with education? Any chaps of my acquaintance that knows how to write and count proper ain’t much to be trusted into the bargain’

The Temperance Sweep: ‘To his newly acquired sobriety, monetary prosperity soon ensued and he is well known throughout the neighborhood, where he advocates the cause of total abstinence’

The London Boardmen: ‘If they walk on the pavement, the police indignantly throw them off into the gutter, where they become entangled in the wheels of carriages, and where cabs and omnibuses are ruthlessly driven against them’

Itinerant Photographer on Clapham Common: ‘Many have been tradesmen or owned studios in town but after misfortunes in business or reckless dissipation’s are reduced to their present more humble avocation’

Strawberries, All Ripe! All Ripe! ‘Strawberries ain’t like marbles that stand chuckin’ about. They won’t hardly bear to be looked at. When I’ve got to my last dozen baskets, they must be worked off for wot they will fetch’

Fake It Til You Make It

Hey, talk about taking it to the next level. Check out this video that will teach a novice how to fake being a pro photographer.

“I like taking pictures of cats”…silence…LOL

So weird seeing Asians with British accents.

Worst Album Covers

I wish I could go back in time and shoot for these album covers. So awesome. Sometimes I just wanna put out some funny lame stuff like this because it’s so priceless. The graphic design team must have had a blast! I can’t believe they got approved by the artists. To see more, click on the images or link below.

via TasteBuds Blog

Eggleston’s First-Ever Large Pigment Prints Earn 5.9 Million at Auction

William Eggleston’s 36 recent prints brought in a total of $5,903,250 at an auction.

It was the first time Eggleston created digital pigment prints, a departure from the dye-transfer process he has used since the 1970s, which offered Eggleston a deep color saturation that became a defining characteristic of his work.

The high lot in the sale, a print of Eggleston’s classic “Untitled, 1970,” which depicts a child’s tricycle from a glorifying ground-level angle, brought in $578,500, more than doubling the previous auction record for the artist of $275,000. Several other prints sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The auction, “Photographic Masterworks by William Eggleston,” was a benefit for the Eggleston Artistic Trust.

A print of Eggleston’s photograph “Untitled, 1973,” which shows a corrugated metal roof sloping up to a store’s sign advertising Peaches and Coca-Cola, brought in the second highest price of the auction at $422,500. The high estimate for a smaller sized, vintage dye-transfer print of the same photograph that will be auctioned during the April 5 general photographs sale at Christie’s is $90,000. Many of the other Eggleston dye-transfers for sale in that auction have high estimates below $10,000.

The pigment prints in yesterday’s sale were from editions of two at a size of 44 x 60 inches. Eggleston had always wanted to print at a larger scale, Holdeman explains, but was confined by the size limitations of the dye-transfer process. “A huge amount of investigation and research was done into trying to figure out a way to print his images in this larger scale that would allow for the same kind of color saturation as well as clarity [that was achieved with the dye-transfer process].”

A dozen of the photographs sold yesterday had never before been published or offered for sale, which also added to the allure of the auction. “While there were certain iconic images that were from the Guide [William Eggleston’s Guide, the catalogue to the first-ever exhibition of color photographs at MoMA 1976] that everyone knew, there was a very conscious attempt not to make this a rehashing of the Guide in a new, larger size,” Holdeman notes.

via PDNOnline